Robert A. Corrigan became SF State's twelfth president in 1988.
Corrigan, a former Fulbright Fellow and recognized authority on the American poet Ezra Pound, established the Afro-American Studies and Women Studies programs at the University of Iowa, where he taught English and American civilization from 1964-1973.
While he served as Chancellor and Professor of English at UMass Boston, from 1979 to 1988, the campus was named by TIME magazine as one of nine "Hot Colleges on the Climb."
In 1996, Corrigan was tapped by President Clinton to head the national steering committee of college and university presidents participating in the America Reads literacy program.
As he leads the University into its second century, Corrigan reconfirms his belief that "San Francisco State is a university that is alive and engaged, one that is making a difference far beyond its campus boundaries . . . touching and being touched by the people and issues of the society in which it is immersed."
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